Shannen and Malala: girls on the front line in fight for equal education


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When you need inspiration and courage or reminding that age is nothing but a number, or if you  have been already been captivated by Malala, please take a look at the work of Shannen Koostachin, a Mushkegowuk Innanu from Attawapiskat, Ontario.

Listen to them tell you in their voices what they dream of (click Malala’s picture for a CBC Radio interview with her, watch the video of Shannen speaking at a news conference in Toronto, 2008 – she must be 13 or 14 in the video).

Learn more  about Shannen, who died tragically in 2010, and how others are carrying forward her struggle, at the website of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, here.   You might also consider documentarian Alanis Obamsawin’s recently released Hi-Ho Mistahey (2013), which follows Shannen’s Dream.  Click here for information about the film from the Toronto International Film Festival website.

For more about Malala, and to support her cause, see the Malala Foundation here.

Here is a piece about Shannen and her fight, made for an awards ceremony held after her death.

She wanted to become a lawyer.


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